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How should I treat my baby’s fever?

Once you have established your baby has a slight fever, there are a number of measures you can take to keep it under control.
  • Move your child to a cooler environment.
  • Remove excess clothing.
  • Cold compress.
If the temperature persists or rises after you’ve tried these measures, you can give your baby an age-appropriate medicine to reduce their temperature. This will make your child more comfortable and reduce the chances of seizures caused by high temperature (known as a febrile convulsion).
 
A recent study found ibuprofen gave fever relief for up to eight hours, while paracetamol worked for six hours. Ibuprofen has also been found to reduce fevers more effectively than paracetamol in cases where the body’s temperature has been higher than 39.2°C.
 
Speak to a pharmacist if you're unsure about which medicine to give your baby.

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Concern over give infants cold medicine
There are very specific guidelines when it comes to safely administering over the counter medications to babies, toddlers and preschoolers.
Fever is often the first sign of an illness in children. When your child has a temperature it can be a worrying and stressful time.
Sore throats and coughs are two very common illnesses for children.
Once you have established your baby has a fever and have taken practical measures, such as placing them in a cooler environment, to combat this, a fever-reducing medication can be administered.
Febrile convulsions are caused by a rapid increase in the body temperature of young children.
Once you have established your baby has a slight fever, there are a number of measures you can take to keep it under control
If your baby has a slight fever, there are a number of measures you can take to keep it under control.
The average body temperature should be between 35°C and 37°C.
 
While a fever can be treated, it's important to keep in mind that fevers are usually the symptom of an illness and not the illness itself.

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